Thursday, November 27, 2014

NC State Basketball Game 6- Richmond

This was a lot tougher opponent than most people would think.  Richmond actually had a higher RPI than NC State entering this game (18 vs 34) and Gottfried had cautioned fans in the days leading up to the game that the Spiders were going to be a tough challenge for the young Wolfpack team.  The first half of the game was close and the Spiders shot an amazing 72% from the field.  The second half the Pack made a few adjustments on the defensive end and held the Spiders to 30% shooting.  Once again the guard play of Trevor Lacey, Ralston Turner, and Anthony Barber led State to a victory.

Positives- Lacey played a great game score 26 points on 9 of 16 shooting.  Barber ran the offense well and did a better job of disturbing the ball ending the game with 4 assists versus 1 turnover.  Ralston Turner continued to shoot well from long range, BeeJay Anya blocked more shoots, and Caleb Martin and Malik Abu provided great energy and production off of the bench.  It was also great to see the team make some adjustments at halftime and cut the Richmond field goal percentage in half in the second half.  Oh, and check out that free throw percentage......

Negatives- The team let Richmond get too many good shots during the first half.  The Spiders are a good team, but I am not sure that defensive let downs of that proportion will fly during conference play.  Still waiting for one of the big men to step up a little bit more and provide more scoring down low.  Washington's 9 points were an improvement, but Anya and Freeman need to help.

Player of the Game- Trevor Lacey 26 points in 38 minutes is great. 

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